PRESS RELEASE: Plaid Goat Mountain Bike Fest
Registration for Plaid Goat Mountain Bike Fest 2018 is open! Plaid Goat is a two and a half day bike buffet packed with for-fun activities for any kind of rider. Celebrate mountain bike culture; Canadian Rockies style! This year's event will take place on the same weekend, again in Canmore, AB June 22 - 24, 2018. What's different though, is that it will be held at the Canmore Nordic Centre.
Never heard of the event before? Well, we're pretty new. What do the words "Plaid Goat" stand for? Plaid Goat is a symbol of Riding in the Rockies. It embodies mountain bikers of every type and stripe, and brings everyone together no matter the riding level, experience or discipline. Plaid as a fabric weaves together different coloured yarn in a crossbarred pattern, just like Plaid Goat brings riders together from every corner of our region.
Ok, but what about the goat? Well, they're kinda fun. And that's precisely what this event is about. Goats are playful, capable, agile critters and can be found in nearly any part of the Canadian Rockies. No 'kidding' around, we kinda like them and think their personality fits ours. And we wanna host a G.O.A.T. event for ya. See what went down last year in the fest's video.
As a region teeming with people who love bikes, about 30 partners united last year to stir up some change. This resulted in our new event, but it's more than that. It's also a movement to try to edge the mountain bike scene in the Rockies forward. It's a reason we meet with government policy makers in hopes of enhancing trail networks, improve signage, build stoke and tear down boundaries.
It's also a place that celebrates our builders. Plaid Goat invites and hosts mountain bike associations from across the region, near and far so they can network, let their hair down and promote the great work they've been doing throughout the year. For us. The riders.
Plaid Goat provided free vendor booths to the following MTB trail associations in 2017. MMBTS, CAMBA, 670 Collective, CMBA and more.
Now with the bones in place, we're stoked to host year two. The event will raise funds for the Ride the Rockies Society and the Regional Stewards Program which supports area MTB associations by cultivating new MTB trail developments in the Rockies, trail upgrade projects, builder education, enhanced signage or way-finding and research related projects.
A wide variety of bike companies attended last year including major brands and unique boutiques from around the world.
Riders flock to Plaid Goat for on-dirt bike demos, the expo, the Regional Craft Beer Hub, shuttles for easy access to trailheads through the valley, and so much more. We'll be adding in additional activities this year like trials demonstrations, mountain bike orienteering races and will pump up the Bike Rodeo (hosted by The Flannel Crew) with even more shenanigans. Have an idea yourself, don't hold back. Let us know... email
away. Or we'll watch for it in the comments.
If you've not yet been to a demo event, you can look forward to talking with coveted brands to get your questions answered, and to ride your future prospects back to back.
Festival founder Wanda Bogdane explained, "Besides testing bikes and riding with pals, there's lots of time to enjoy the warm sun & the social atmosphere. At the Expo, a variety of vendors host the mountain bike obsessed and offsite, a ton of trails were ridden throughout the Bow Valley. This year, we'll also grow our shuttle program into Banff National Park and Kananaskis Country."2018 Festival Pricing:
- General Admission // 18+ = $10 || 17 & under = $0 // NOTE: we are thrilled that Outside Bike & Ski
has generously sponsored the first 500 General Admission tickets!
- Demo Shuttle Wristbands // $20/day || $30/weekend NOTE: Outside Bike & Ski
has also sponsored the first 50 wristbands! UPDATE: SPONSORED WRISTBANDS ALL SOLD OUT
Garry Ogletree with the Edmonton Mountain Bike Alliance said, "The standard pricing of a wristband is a sweet deal given that the average daily cost to rent a bike is between $75 and $150 – hello savings! Or we can look back to 2004 when Mt. Seven shuttles were $5/lap. Fourteen years later, you get non-stop demos AND shuttles for $20 a day? We're stoked."
STEEDZ Enduro Tips and Tricks
Shred Sisters Skills Session
Group Rides will be hosted by mountain bike clubs, icons and super star ambassadors from around the region. Though the program is getting built, you can expect rides with STEEDZ Enduro Mountain Bike Team, YYC MTB, Alberta 66, Shred Sisters, and more. Some of these folks will be offering coaching clinics for free or festival pricing. Come hone your skills, meet new people and have fun while learning new tips and tricks.
And end it with good brew. Craft beer was sourced from nine handpicked locations around the region. No-one went thirsty!
Begin your day with the serum of tasty beans...
Though the fest attracted core riders from Canada and beyond, it was also friendly to wee groms and grommettes through the Kids Hub which suited all age ranges... B-Line Indoor Bike Park donated features from the facility before they even opened their doors. Nothing feeds stoke like features!
Last but not least, as we've moved to the Canmore Nordic Centre we'll be sharing the space and partnered up on location with TransRockies Rundle's Revenge so those who want to can get their race on. There's lots on the go again with Plaid Goat, and we're working hard so it's even bigger and better. Stay tuned as we have more sick announcements coming soon!
See you in Canmore June 22-24, 2018. Get your tickets here
. Or contact us
to get involved as a volunteer, event partner or sponsor. We can't wait to host you!